A whole host of us are looking for a promotion and how to get promoted, whether that’s with the intention of a pay rise, career progression and recognition, or to add to your skill-set.
For me, it was the development that lured me into wanting the next step and a management role.
You may have only just turned up, there are quite possibly a whole heap of people with more experience than you around, you could be psyching yourself out around about now.
Well, I’m here to tell you, that how long you have been there often doesn’t actually matter.
You can still get promoted
You can still get promoted your entire perspective is about to get flipped on its head, directly from the ‘horse’s mouth’ so to speak.
As a young professional saleswoman, I truly believed that the very best performer was who would surely be the one-way ticket to the next step on the career ladder, the superstar.
Wrong, it’s actually not the case. In some instances, this is actually the opposite.
If you are the star performer, the ‘Ronaldo’, and you move into another position, they need another Ronaldo, which can be tricky to find, because you are that good. In a sales environment, they really want the key player doing what they do best. Undoubtedly in other positions as well where your expertise and experience is harder to recreate. This blew my mind, once I realized.
So if you have been ticking all the right boxes but it’s just not been happening for you, there’s a chance that it’s not that you aren’t good enough or they haven’t noticed, you might even be too good.
Good bosses won’t prevent you from progressing if they want to keep you and ensure you are being motivated. However, when it’s a choice between the superstar salesman or woman, and the ‘Steady Eddie’ who gets along with everyone, perhaps not the superstar – but very consistent. The ‘Steady Eddie’ will often have the edge.
However, there is, of course, a possibility you are doing something small that your bosses aren’t a massive fan of, or that you aren’t doing but they are really wanting to see before letting you loose on the next step.
So, it’s about getting out of the way of yourself and finding out exactly what changes you need to make to get you what you really want.
How do you get promoted? In three easy steps:
Step ONE: Request a meeting with your boss
Ask for current feedback (feedback is king) then ask for ongoing feedback. This step is absolutely crucial, it’s important your boss knows you want to improve, not only does it show a willingness to learn but it also shows that you value their opinion, which is key. Once you have asked for feedback if it’s all good news – Great! Now time to ask for a development plan, let them know you are putting your hat in the ring for the next step and would like guidance on how to get there.
Step TWO: Get along with everyone
If you aren’t already, it’s time to start getting along with everyone we are all human and naturally are not designed to like and resonate with every single human that exists, however, if there’s ever a time to start making a conscious effort not to ‘ruffle feathers’ its now.
Step Three: Set yourself apart
In every office and work environment on the planet, there’s gossip, changes that annoy people, things people get disgruntled about for one reason or another, whines and complaints. We’ve all done it, they changed your shift, so and so brought in fish for lunch, whatever. It happens. No longer can you be seen to get involved in anything that can be remotely related to ‘negative’. Be the positive change, or at least be entirely neutral, this is noticed. If you can start supporting the business cause even if you do not necessarily agree, it will set you apart from the rest and put you in a prized position for that all important promotion.
That’s it, the three steps to put you in prime position for the next step on your career ladder and getting promoted!